For Immediate Release
Turkey Trot Early Bird registration now open
Despite the summer weather, fall is just around the corner and Early Bird registration is now open for the 19th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run, coordinated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Developmental Center of the Ozarks.
Turkey Trot takes place Thursday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m., at the Springfield Exposition Center, 635 E. St. Louis St., in downtown Springfield.
Turkey Trot is Springfield's largest timed 5K walk/run of the year and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, attracting 9,007 participants in 2012. The event is held rain, snow or shine.
New this year, participants may choose from four race categories, with staggered start times:
- Elite- Participants have completed a sanctioned 5K in the last 18 months within at least 24 minutes for females, 21 minutes for males. For safety concerns, no dogs or strollers.
- Runner- Participants will run or jog a 5K at a consistent pace without walking breaks. For safety concerns, no dogs or strollers.
- Walker/Family- Ideal for groups, families with strollers or small children, or anyone wishing to walk all or part of the route. For safety concerns, no dogs.
- Pet- Participants running, jogging or walking with dogs have their own category this year, with special treats for four-legged friends. Strollers and groups are also allowed in this category.
Early Bird registration, available until Friday, Nov. 22, is $20 for adult, $15 for kids 12 and under. Registration includes a long-sleeve T-shirt.
Early Bird registration closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 22, and will remain closed until the day before the race. On-site registration opens Wednesday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. at the Springfield Exposition Center at $25 for adults and $20 for children.
Register in person at:
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, 1923 N. Weller Ave., Springfield, or
Killian Sports Complex, 2141 E. Pythian St., Springfield
Register by mail at:
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, 1923 N. Weller Ave., 65803
Printable registration forms may be found at parkboard.org
Must be postmarked by Nov. 20
Register online at:
A $3.25 service charge will be added to each online registration
For more information, visit parkboard.org or call the Springfield-Greene County Park Board at 417-837-5817. For media inquiries, call Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2176, or 417-224-5510.